It’s been more than six months since the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached an agreement to end a bitter internal armed conflict. After 52 years and a death toll approaching a quarter million, Colombia has its best chance in decades of securing peace. As focus shifts from Havana to Colombia, questions about the safety of human rights defenders, reintegration of former combatants, rural development, and crop substitution take center stage.

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) will convene three panels of leading human rights defenders, security analysts, and practitioners from the United States and Colombia to discuss the accords and to address questions surfacing from former conflict zones, Bogota, and the international community.

The event will take place in English and Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation. The event will also be live streamed. In the coming weeks we will circulate a final announcement and speaker list. We hope you will reserve October 16 on your calendar to join us.

WOLA has been monitoring the peace process since its inception in August 2012; to learn more about these historic talks, visit and

Panel 1
Coca: What to do about it?

Panel 2
Reintegrating Ex-Combatants into Civilian Life

Panel 3
Transitional Justice and Victims

9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 16, 2017
The George Washington University
City View Room
1957 E Street NW, 7th Floor